Missing Texas teenager Savanah Nicole Soto, who was due to give birth any day now, and her boyfriend were found dead after several days of searching, a family member confirmed Tuesday.
Soto and her boyfriend Matthew Guerra, who was also reported missing, were found dead inside a vehicle, a family member told CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS 5.
The Leon Valley Police Department earlier told CBS News that Soto, 18, was reported missing by her family and was last seen on Friday, Dec. 22, a day before her arrest.
At a press briefing Tuesday evening, police confirmed that two people were found dead in a car they described as Guerra’s, but they did not confirm the identity or provide details about the cause of death.
Police told CBS News on Wednesday that the bodies in the car were those of an 18-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man. There was also an unborn child, police said, but none of the victims have been identified. Each victim suffered gunshot wounds, police said.
San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus said Tuesday the department was dealing with a “very, very perplexing crime scene” and was investigating the possibility of a homicide.
“We believe it was the missing woman and her boyfriend, but we can’t confirm that” until the medical examiner completes the examination, McManus said. He also would not confirm whether the woman found was pregnant or not, again saying it would be up to the medical examiner to determine.
McManus said the car could have been where it was found “maybe for three or four days.”
Soto’s family notified police of the car’s presence after being alerted by someone who encountered the vehicle, and they were devastated by the results of the search.
“I just want answers about who, what and why – why did this happen to him?” her grandmother, Rachel Soto, told KENS. In tears, she thanked people for their prayers and support.
Soto’s family previously told KENS that she was due to be induced Saturday night and was a week past her due date. Police confirmed to CBS News that Soto missed an appointment.
On Monday, the department issued a CLEAR alert, sent to missing, kidnapped or abducted adults who are in immediate danger, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The CLEAR alert said Soto, who is 5’1″ tall and has brown hair and eyes, was last seen around 2 p.m. on Dec. 22. The alert said she may be in a Kia Optima 2013 gray with temporary Texas tags.
KENS reported that the address where Soto was last seen was the apartment complex where she lived with her boyfriend, the father of her child. According to Soto’s family, no one had been able to contact her boyfriend since Soto’s disappearance.
Rachel Soto said her granddaughter was excited to welcome her baby and had decorated a nursery and picked out a name. The teen was expecting a baby boy, her grandmother said.
“She was thrilled and excited to be a mom. … I pray to God every day, every minute, every second of the day, we pray to God to bring her home, to bring her home safe because we need her at home, to complete our family again,” she said.
KENS reported that police attempted to enter Soto’s apartment on Monday, but were unsuccessful. Soto’s friends and family organized a search of the area Monday evening, and Soto’s family told KENS they were planning a second search of the area Tuesday.
Soto’s grandmother said the family just wanted the teen back safe.
“This is not normal, something is wrong here…I want answers, we all want answers,” she said. “She’s a beautiful girl… She’ll help anyone and I want someone to help us.”
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